Econolines Gather

Special Ford vehicle served well in the '60s

Larry Jewett - September 01, 2011 08:00 AM


The Econolines gathered in 2010 at Museum of Automobiles

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Collectors of Ford Econoline vans and pickups will meet at Arkanasas’ Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean for the eighth annual show and shine event on Sunday, September 4.

Utilizing many Falcon parts, the Econoline series was introduced in 1961 with the pickup, the van and the station bus. The pickup looked like a van that had been customized and turned into a pickup. The new van had 39 percent more load space than a typical ½ ton panel. The station bus was essentially a van with a view. It had windows all around with two front doors, a pair of rear doors and two side doors in the center on the passenger side. The Econoline series continued until 1967.
In 2010, collectors from as far away as Connecticut, displayed 17 of their vehicles at the auto museum. The public is welcome to see these Ford Econolines at no charge.

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